The counts are mostly IN!

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Most of the money from the JoeBites First Ever Online Auction is in! We say “most” because you nice people keep giving extra money and telling me to add it to the auction donation. This is REALLY, REALLY nice of you.


I also really want to thank all the vendors who gave me stuff for the auction, especially to Dale Roberts, Shellie Metroka, the Artful Bead, Sharon Dooley, Laura Hunt, The Import Store, Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge and CARE. I also want to say thanks to my mom for inputting a lot of this stuff while I was at work this summer. I could not pull this off without your help.

Here’s the total right now:

Online Auction — $500

Private Donations — $739

Collection Jar at my dad’s store — $35

T-Shirt to my cousin-in-law — $21


I’m just waiting for a few more checks to come in and then I can get the money to the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge and to CARE. Don’t worry — I will give the money as you instructed (to the Nature Center, to CARE or split between both).

If you still need to receive your items, contact my mom at kari.kirkham@charter.net. She needs your shipping address.

All payments and donations can be made to:


2316 Ashland Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76107

i accept cash, checks and money orders. Sorry — Word Press won’t let me do Pay Pal on my blog.

Remember that both the Nature Center and CARE are 501 (C) 3 non-profit organizations, so your contribution is tax deductible.

Thanks again for ALL your help and contributions!


JoeBites CARE logo  FWNCR logo



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FWNCR logo  Thank you to everyone who participated  CARE logo

in the

First Ever Online Auction on JoeBites


  We raised over $600

for the

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge 

and the

Center for Animal Research & Education

I will be notifying the people who won.

Well, really my mom will. She will let you know where to send a check, cash or money order.

She will also ask you to send a shipping address to her so I can send out the item straight to your door.

THANKS AGAIN for helping me raise money for these two great places !


Who is looking out for me?

Who is looking out for me?

Summer Vacation in Chicago and Madison

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My family went to Chicago and Madison, WI for summer vacation. We visited the Brookfield Zoo and the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. And YES — we were there for the rally and parade of the Blackhawk’s Stanley Cup win.

I learned a few facts at the aquarium,  like penguins can actually be pretty ferocious fighters with one another. Once they catch hold of each other they do not let go! I also learned that a starfish can be cut in half and then that missing half will totally regenerate. I don’t suggest you cut a starfish in two to check this out, though. Let’s just trust what the experts told us! IMG_1412IMG_1409

I also learned that there are less than 3,000 California sea otters left in the wild. They started dying off as a result of the Exonn Valdez spill many years ago. It’s good to know that there are places like Shedd Aquarium trying to take care of them and bring back their numbers.IMG_1392

JoeBites Auction

Don’t forget to bid at my auction starting Monday, July 8 at 8 a.m. (CT). All proceeds go to my pet projects, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge and the Center for Animal Research & education (Big Cat CARE). You can link to each organization’s websites from my blog.

I try to raise money money for them and this is my big fundraiser for the year, so I hope you will join in the fun.

It will be real easy to do: starting July 8, place your bid in the “comment” box under each item posted on this blog. In your first “comment” bid (in case you are the highest bidder) please indicate if you would like your money to help the Fort Worth Nature Center, Big Cat CARE, or split evenly between both organizations. You only have to make this specification one time in your first bid. You may come back to this post and add incremental bids in a new “comment” box under this post as many times as you wish.



360 West Magazine and JoeBites


I hate to brag about this kind of stuff but my mom is making me write this — 360 West Magazine interviewed me about JoeBites. You can see the article in the June issue of the magazine (http://360westmagazine.com). I’m on page 115.

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Thanks to everyone at the magazine: our friend, Babs Rodriguez, Meda Kessler who was the person who interviewed me – she is real nice. My mom used to work for the publisher, Jerry Scott. She has lots of friends who work there, too, like Kim and Bernie.

If you are not a subscriber to this magazine, check it out. It’s pretty cool.

Thanks again!

Joe and Meda Kessler, executive editor of 360 West Magazine

Joe and Meda Kessler, executive editor of 360 West Magazine

You are RIGHT if you said Dingo.

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Thanks for taking the poll of who did NOT originate in Australia. If you said the dingo, you are correct. According to research dingos showed up in Australia from China about 18,000 years ago (http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/the-dingo-came-to-australia-from-southern-china.htm.). Who knew that crazy dog was so old?

The platypus was a good guess. Although it has many relatives found in fossil records in places like Wales and Argentina, platypus fossils have only been found in Australia (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platypus). The platypus is a monotreme, meaning it is a mammal but it lays eggs instead of having live births.

The question most often asked was what an echidnas was. It’s sort of like a cross between a hedgehog and a porcupine (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/Echidnas.htm.). It is also a monotreme.

OK, wombats and wallbys were easy — but they are fun to say, especially together.

Thanks for taking this poll!

Getting in Gear to FUNDRAISE

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JoeBites Silent Auction, Summer, 2013

Summer Fundraising, coming soon!

Since I will have a real job this summer I cannot go from company to company or send out lots of letters for donations like I have for the past few years. I still want to raise money for the Nature Center and for CARE so I decided to hold an online auction for my fundraising this summer.

I will hold the auction on this blog site.

Keep checking back to this site. I’ll have more information and very soon some STUFF to auction off, too.

New Poll — Test Your Australian Animal Knowledge

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